Exciting horse riding tours in the Mavrovo national park..

Overview

A Riding Expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships, but will reward you with an experience to remember and scenery which you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to see. Explore Macedonia's mountains on horseback!

Exploring National Park Mavrovo on horseback

Holiday on a horseback offers a firsthand experience of the riches of the Mavrovo National Park. This particular holiday is a great way to discover the beautiful countryside far from the clutter of the urban life. Join us and visit places with beautiful scenery, mighty mountains, crystal clear rivers and waterfalls, smooth and vast green highlands. Lodging in old villages, enjoy the taste of domestic food products offered in the local sheepfolds, sometimes by the fire or sometimes simply in the nature, sitting on a rock in the middle of a pasture, taking pleasure in the splendors of life and nature.

Day trips

Exploring the Mavrovo National park on horseback

Spring/summer season (May-October)

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, riding is the most fantastic experience. Our expert guide is going to lead you from our ranch deep into the forest of the national park. Before the departure, you will learn the techniques and the essential elements of such riding.

A riding expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships, but you will witness an unforgettable experience and scenery which otherwise you may not have the opportunity to see.

Away from your working office, you will get the opportunity to spend some challenging time with your friends and families.

This excursion is for those who enjoy the mountain’s treasures. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra Mountain, you will enjoy the vast and never-ending open views of countless mountain peaks.

Unexperienced riders are welcome.
(We provide Safety briefing and Practical Training)

Forest riding experience (cca. 2.5 h duration)

Exciting Mountain Experience (cca. 3,5 h duration)

Adrenalin mountain experience (cca. 5.5 duration)

Included:
- Tutorial
- Guidance in English
- Lunch (Cheese tasting​)

Not included: 
- Transfer to Mavrovo national park (price depends from group size and starting point)
- Entrance fees in Mavrovo national park (0.5 eur per pax)

Required equipment:

- Comfortable shoes
- Appropriate clothing for harsh weather
- Sun cream

PLEASE INQUIRE FOR THE DAY TRIP OPTIONS, AVAILABILITY AND PRICES.

5 days trip

Explore Mavrovo national park on a horseback (5 days trip)

A riding expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships, but you are gaining an unforgettable experience and scenery which otherwise you may not have the opportunity to see.

This holiday is for those who enjoy the mountain’s treasures. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra Mountain and Mavrovo lake, you will enjoy never-ending open views of countless mountain peaks. On this trip, you will get closer to Shepherd’s life, visit a few sheep farms, experience the traditional way of cheese making and just enjoy the nature. It also includes lodging in old villages, camps, enjoying the taste of fresh domestic food, sometimes by the fire, sometimes in the restaurant or nature, sitting on a rock in the middle of a pasture taking pleasure in the splendors of life and nature.

A rewarding soul journey with breathtaking scenery.

Proposal itinerary

Day 1 Arrival 

After your arrival at the Skopje Airport, our transport will pick you up and take you to the centrally located hotel in Skopje. Our local guide from Skopje will be at your disposal to take you to some local secret places, show you the city and take you out for a drink and dinner at traditional restaurant.

Arrival in Skopje airport, transport, and accommodation in hotel.

А local guide from Skopje will be at your disposal to show you some of the local "hidden" places, take you for a drink and dinner at the Traditional restaurant.

Overnight in Skopje.

Day 2 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park (approximately 3h 30 min forest ride)

After breakfast in Skopje, your transport will take you up in the mountains at the ranch which is around 2 hours drive.

Our team will greet you with some welcome drinks. You will meet the horses, and after the briefing procedures you will have some fun with our exciting ranch workshops (milking goats, traditional cheese preparation) and get ready for the road. Your luggage will be loaded in truck and will wait for you at our overnight destination. You will be served lunch at the ranch bar (fresh meat provided directly from the ranch) followed by wine and cheese tasting.

Before we start our ride, you will have safety equipment handout, detail briefing on the safety procedures, practical explanation of western style horseback riding (non-riders are also welcome).

After we choose the horses, we are ready to go. On this track, you will ride through the forest of Sushica and ride downhill to the villages Selce and Tresonce, with panoramic views of the north side of mountain Stogovo.

On the way to the village Lazaropole you will have a fruit break, then you will pass through the Tresonce village, and experience folklore and the old village architecture.

We are lodging in Lazaropole village Hotel (a cozy mountain hotel with a traditional architecture). Dinner will be served next to a warm fireplace at the hotel restaurant (local wild meat dish).

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Departure to the ranch 
10.30 Arrival at the ranch. We always welcome our guests with tasty refreshments
11.30 Milking goats and cheese preparation
13.00 Picnic lunch (fresh meat provided directly from the farm) followed by wine and cheese tasting, and delicious local vegan/vegetarian food if required.
14.30 Safety equipment handout, Safety and Procedures briefing, Practical explanation of western style horseback riding (non-riders are also welcome)
15.30 Departure to the hunting village of Lazaropole on horseback (forest mountain ride)
19.00 Arrival in Lazaropole and accommodation at hotel for dinner and an overnight
19.30 Traditional meal (delicious wild meat dish)

Day 3 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park (approximately 6h high-level mountain ride)

After a lovely evening, excellent food, wine and good sleep - off we go again. Breakfast, saddling and bridling, getting ready for the road.

We are off to an ADRENALINE RIDE which will take you above the forest line of Bistra Mountain, and enjoy the incredible view of the Korab Massive (2,764 meters/ 9068 ft.). This trip will show you the everyday life of the shepherds, visiting several sheep farms, tasting traditional white cheeses and yogurt made on the spot.

After this breathtaking experience, we are going to lodge in our base camp deep in the mountains, far away from the civilization.

At the camp, first we are setting up the sleeping tents, then start a bonfire and prepare dinner - the mountain way. For the rest of the evening, we organize fun activities around the campfire and have a good night sleep.

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Starting the preparations, which include saddling and bridling the horses
10.00 Departure to the base camp located deep in the mountain Bistra on a horseback
12.30 Picnic lunch (Snacks and fruit)
13.00 Departure on a horseback
15.00 Arriving at the sheep farm (Cheese tasting lunch).

At the sheep farm, you will learn about shepherd's life, far away from the civilization. Also, presenting the old farming techniques - how its done the traditional way.

You will have the opportunity to taste all of the milk products - fresh and right from the farm.

16.00 Departure to the base camp on a horseback
18.00 Arrival to the base camp. Group will set up the sleeping tents, start a bonfire along with dinner preparation.
19.30 BBQ dinner next to the fire. (overnight in tents).

Day 4 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park (approximately 6h ride)

Once you wake up and get out of your tent, you'll be surprised by a breathtaking view of a surrounding mountain peaks. By preparing our breakfast and enjoying the freshness of the crystal clear mountain air, we are slowly getting ready for the next journey.

We go for an ADRENALIN RIDE which takes you around highest peak called Medenica, down to the village of Galichnik.

At the evening, we are having a big lunch/dinner party at the ranch bar, enjoying some Special local wines and dancing together with the legendary musicians from the region (Majovci) - performing the popular local rhythms.

Overnight in the Village of Galichnik (cozy guest house).

08.00 Starting breakfast preparations
09.00 Breakfast and packing
10.00 Departure e on a horseback
13.00 Arriving at the sheep farm (cheese tasting lunch)
14.00 Departure to the v. of Galichnik on a horseback
17.00 Arrival at the ranch
18.30 Gala lunch/dinner party and the ranch followed by traditional music
(overnight in local guest house in v. Galichnik)

Day 5 Departure 

Breakfast and Transfer to the airport (According to your flight schedule - you will be transferred from your hotel right on time).

The package includes:

- Full guidance by professional horse riding English speaking guide; 

- 4 overnights, 3 days riding, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 workshops (Goat milking, cheese preparation, saddling and bridling of the horses, collecting goats and horses from pastures to the ranch)

- Entrance fee for NP Mavrovo;

- Drinks at the ranch (All kinds of beverages, alcoholic and refreshments)

- All transfers as described;

- Helmet for horse riding

- Tents

- 4x4 vehicle support for safety backup and transport (food, tents and all other luggage)

 The package does not include:

- Flights and insurance

- Back protector for horse riding

- Drinks at the restaurants (All kinds of beverages, alcoholic and refreshments)

- All personal expenses not mentioned under “Included in price.”

Notes:

- Difficulty level: 4/5

- On these rides, you need to take a little more care to PACK PROPER CLOTHING, as well sun & wind protective gear.

- You will ride only with a light backpack or NOTHING on your backs because our 4x4 will transport your luggage to the overnight destination.

- We can accommodate this itinerary in accordance to your flights.

- Please NOTE that Our Base Camp is 1km away from Galichnik village within the National Park Mavrovo. It's scarcely populated area and there is no public transport to the spot.

- Starting/finishing point: Skopje

- Departures: On request, between June and October (there are no guaranteed departures)

- Group size: 2-10 participants



8 days trip



Explore Mavrovo national park on a horseback (8 days trip)

A Riding Expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships but reward you with an experience to remember and scenery which you might otherwise not have the opportunity to see. This holiday is for those who want to enjoy the treasures of the mountain. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra mountain, you will enjoy the wide and never-ending open views of countless number of mountain peaks. On this trip you will get closer to the Sheppard’s life, visiting few sheep farms, experience the traditional way of cheese making and just enjoy the nature. This is a soul rewarding holiday with breathtaking scenery. 

Proposal itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

After your arrival at the Skopje Airport, our transport will pick you up and take you to the hotel located in the Skopje city center which is about 20 min drive. Our local guide from Skopje will be at your disposal to take you to some local secret places, show you the city and take you out for a drink and dinner at traditional restaurant. Overnight in Skopje.

Day 2 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Galicnik area (cca 3h 30 min forest ride)

After breakfast in Skopje, our transport will take you up in the mountains at our ranch which is around 1h 45 min drive. Our team will greet you with some welcome drinks. You will meet the horses, and after the briefing procedures, you will have some fun with our exciting ranch workshops (milking out goats, traditional cheese preparation) and get ready for the road.

Our truck carries your luggage to our overnight destination.

You will be served lunch at the ranch bar (fresh meat provided directly from the ranch) followed by wine and cheese tasting, and before we start you will have safety equipment handout, safety briefing procedures, practical explanation of western style horseback riding (non-riders are also welcome). After we choose the horses, we are ready to go.

On this track, you will ride through the forest of Sushica and ride downhill to the villages Selce and Tresonce, with panoramic views of the north side of mountain Stogovo. On the way to the Lazaropole village, you will have a fruit break, after which you will pass through the Tresonce village, and experience the folklore and the old village architecture. We are lodging in Lazaropole village at local hotel (cozy mountain hotel with a traditional design).

Dinner will be served next to a cozy fireplace at the hotel restaurant (fresh game dishes from the region).

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Departure to the ranch near Galicnik
10.30 Arrival at the ranch. Warm welcome with refreshments
11.30 Milking goats and cheese preparation
13.00 Picnic lunch (fresh meat provided directly from the ranch) followed by wine and cheese tasting, and, delicious local vegan/vegetarian food if specified.
14.30 Safety equipment handout, Safety and Procedures briefing, Practical explanation of western style horseback riding (non-riders are also welcome)
15.30 Departure to the hunting village of Lazaropole on horseback (forest mountain ride)
19.00 Arrival in Lazaropole and accommodation at hotel for dinner and an overnight
19.30 Traditional meal (fresh game dishes from the region)

Day 3 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Mt. Bistra (cca 6h high-level mountain ride)

After a lovely evening, food, wine and a good night’s sleep, off we go again. Breakfast, saddling and bridling - getting ready for the road.

An ADRENALINE ride which will take you above the forest of Bistra Mountain, with an incredible view of the Korab Massif (2,764 meters/ 9068 ft.). This trip will get you closer to the shepherd’s life, visiting a few sheep farms and tasting traditional white cheese and yogurt.

After the long breathtaking experience, we are lodging in our base camp deep in the mighty mountains far away from the civilization. Setting up the sleeping tents, starting a bonfire along with dinner preparation done traditionally, we are getting ready for a party around the fire and some good sleep.

07.30 Breakfast
09.00 Starting the preparations, which will include saddling and bridling the horses
10.00 Departure to the base camp located deep in the mountain Bistra on a horseback
12.30 Picnic lunch (Snacks and fruit)
13.00 Departure on a horseback
15.00 Arriving at the sheep farm (cheese tasting lunch) or delicious local vegan/vegetarian food if required. At the sheep farm, you will get close to the shepherd’s life far away from the civilization and old traditional farming techniques will be presented as well. You will have an opportunity to taste all of the milk product directly fresh from the farm.
16.00 Departure to the base camp on a horseback
18.00 Arrival to the base camp. Group activities are planned such as: Setting up the sleeping tents, starting a bonfire along with dinner preparation.
19.30 BBQ Dinner next to the campfire (overnight in tents). Note: Vegetarians are required to specify their Food preference prior booking this trip.

Day 4 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Mavrovo lake (cca 4h ride)

Wake up - we are up to a fantastic morning. Endless view of high-level mountain peaks. Preparing breakfast on our own, enjoying the fresh mountain air, we are slowly getting ready for the next journey.

This ADRENALIN ride will take you from the high mountain peaks down to the Lake of Mavrovo. Setting up camp on the lake shore, enjoying at the beach side, and you will also have the opportunity to visit some of the local traditional fish restaurants in the village of Mavrovo. Fresh fish from the lake is on the menu today. Overnight in tents or a local super cozy guest house.

08.00 Starting breakfast preparations
09.00 Breakfast and packing
10.00 Departure to Mavrovo Lake on a horseback
13.00 Arrival to Mavrovo Lake and lunch at local traditional restaurant (specialty - local mushrooms)
14.00 Departure to the lake camp or a guest house on horse (beach ride)
15.00 Arrival.
18.30 Dinner at the local fish restaurant (overnight in tents or a local guest house)

Day 5 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Mt. Karbula (cca 7h ride)

Good morning, waking up next to the lake will give you extraordinary energy to climb high in the hills again. After the breakfast, we are getting ready.

On today’s agenda is a walk through a very steep uphill for just 45 min (if someone is not able to do it we have a backup solution). On this trip, we are also going to visit some more sheep farms and enjoying different mountain sceneries. This time our guides will take you around the highest peak Medenica and set up the top camp on Karbula peak (2100 m. above sea level) located at the west end of mountain Bistra with an incredible view on Krcin peak. Enjoying the sunset over the endless horizon, next to the bonfire we are going to prepare dinner. Fresh lamb directly from the sheep farms around us in a very traditional way. Bon appetit. Overnight in tents. Good night.

08.00 Starting breakfast preparations
09.00 Breakfast and packing
10.00 Departure to sheep farm on a horseback
13.00 Arrival at the sheep farm with lunch break
14.00 Departure to highest Karbula camp( 2100 m) on a horse
18.00 Arrival to the base camp. Group activities are planned such as: Setting up the sleeping tents, starting a bonfire along with dinner preparation lamb on the traditional way. Note: Vegetarians are required to specify their food preference prior booking this trip.
19.30 We have our dinner next to the campfire (overnight in tents).

Day 6 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Mt. Medenica (cca 5h ride)

This morning - something entirely different. Waking up in the dark, preparing the horses, riding to the highest peak of Medenica for the sunrise. Waiting for the unbelievable sunrise, along with a fruit snack at the top of the world. Lucky us! What a sight!

We are going to walk entirely downhill, off the horses, with some riding in between to the Galicnik village and the ranch. Well-deserved breakfast at the ranch bar. After the meal and some relax time spent in the ranch environment, we are going to have an exclusive forest ride in the afternoon.

Our guide will lead you through the thick forest visiting the smallest church on the Balkans - “St. Petka”, where you can enjoy a light snack. During the ride, you will see the mountain peaks of Krcin, Stogovo, panoramic view of the village of Galicnik, the canyon of river Radika and many forest springs with pure crystal mountain waters.

Finally, in the evening we are going to have a big lunch/dinner party at the ranch. Hanging with the rest of the group, enjoying some unique wines and dancing with the traditional live music group from the region (Majovci).

04.00 Starting horse preparation
05.00 Departure to the pick Madenica on a horseback
06.00 Arriver to Medenica for a sunset and fruit break
07.00 Departure to v. Galicnik and SHERPA RACH (walking downhill and riding )
09.00 Breakfast at the ranch and free relax time
12.00 Departure to the St. Petka church with lunch snack
13.00 Departure to the ranch
14.00 Arrival at the ranch
15.00 Gala lunch/dinner party at the ranch followed by traditional life music (overnight in local guest house in Galichnik village)

Day 7 Horse riding in Mavrovo national park - Galicnik pt.2 (cca 4,5 h ride)

After a fun evening & and a good night sleep, we are ready for a new day. Breakfast is at a local restaurant in Galichnik village. Today we are starting the ride from the ranch, and our guides will take you to experience some riding in the high-level mountain valleys with endless open space surroundings. Returning to the ranch for dinner where you will have a relaxing evening. Time to say goodbye to our horses and the Sherpa team.

09.00 Breakfast
10.30 Departure to the vast one space mountain valleys on horseback - different destination from the other days.
13.00 Picnic lunch
14.00 Departure to the ranch on a horseback - different destination from the morning ride
16.00 Arrival at the ranch
17.00 Workshops and activities
19.00 Dinner at the ranch (local guest house)

Day 8 Departure

Breakfast and Transfer to the airport (according to your flight you will be transferred right on time from your hotel).

The package includes:

- Guidance

- 7 Overnights, 6 days riding, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, 4 workshops (Goat milking, cheese preparation, saddling and bridling of the horses, collecting goats and horses from pastures to the ranch)

- Entrance fee for NP Mavrovo;

- Drinks at the ranch (All kinds of beverages, alcoholic and refreshments)

- All transfers as described;

- Helmet for horseriding

- Tents

- 4x4 vehicle for safety backup and transport (food, tents and all other luggage)

 The package does not include:

- Flights and insurance

- Back protector for horse riding

- Drinks at the restaurants (All kinds of beverages, alcoholic and refreshments)

- All personal expenses not mentioned under “Included in price.”

Notes:

- Difficulty level: 4/5

- On these rides, you need to take a little more care to PACK PROPER CLOTHING, as well sun & wind protective gear.

- You will ride only with a light backpack or NOTHING on your backs because our 4x4 will transport your luggage to the overnight destination.

- We can accommodate this itinerary in accordance to your flights.

- Please NOTE that Our Base Camp is 1km away from Galichnik village within the National Park Mavrovo. It's scarcely populated area and there is no public transport to the spot.

- Starting/finishing point: Skopje

- Departures: On request, between June and October (there are no guaranteed departures)

- Group size: 2-10 participants

- Starting/finishing point: Skopje

- Departures: On request, between June and October (there are no guaranteed departures)

- Group size: 2-10 participants

- On these rides you need to take a little more care to pack the appropriate clothing, as well sun & wind protective gear

- We cater to different dietary requirements (You need to notify us before arrival)

- You will ride only with light backpack or simply with nothing on your backs, because your luggage will be transported with jeep to the ovenight location

- The itinerary can be suited in accordance with Your flights

 

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